Mental Health is generally having a positive outlook, being comfortable with yourself and others, and being able to meet life's challenges and demands. Mental health means much more than not being mentally ill. Self-esteem is central to mental and emotional wellness. Feed Back is when messages from others that indicate who they think you are or what they think your like.
All or nothing thinking . Many situations have “shades of gray”. Learn to recognize and accept these subtle degrees of differences.
Expecting the worst in others or yourself . Look for the good and you will be more likely to find it.
Being a perfectionist . Trying to be perfect or thinking you can do it all often leads to failure and frustration. Remind yourself that nobody is perfect. Don’ t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Letting your actions or words betray your values . Stand up for what you believe in and know is right.
List your assets or strengths. Include your mental, emotional, and physical strengths. Read this list everyday for a week.
Surround yourself with positive supportive people. Choose friends who support you, believe in you, and respect your individual rights and needs.
Find something you love to do, and do it frequently. If your always to busy to do the things you enjoy your not fully taking care of yourself. Make time for your favorite activities and pastimes,
Stop making life a contest. Recognize that there will always be people more and less able than you in all areas of life. Be content with doing the best you can do in all areas that really matter to you.
Help someone else. One way to feel good about yourself is to see the positive effect of your own words or actions on someone else's life .
Stress can effect you depending on your personality type.
Change. The hardy personality likes and welcomes change, viewing it as an opportunity for growth.
Commitment. The hardy personality has a strong sense of purpose and is committed to people, activities, and principal that bring meaning to his/ her life.
Control. The hardy personality has a sense of power that his/ her own life and feels some influence over what happens, taking action when possible. This person also recognizes that some things can’t be controlled.
Stage 1: Denial. Denial is a person’s initial reaction to any loss. At this stage, a person who suffered a significant loss can’t believe the loss has occurred.
Stage 2: Anger. A persons next move from denial to anger or the “why me?” stage. During this stage the person may be critical, demanding, or uncooperative.
Stage 3: Bargaining . As the reality of the loss sets in, the anger begins to subside and is replaced by bargaining. The person may pray or promise to change if only the lost person/object can be returned even for a while.
Stage 4 : Depression . This stage is often marked by silence and withdrawal. Earlier feelings of disbelief, isolation, anger, and rage are replaced with a deep sense of quiet sadness.
Stage 5: Acceptance. This is the last stage in dealing with a deep loss. While the depression stage may leave a person feeling helpless, this last stage can involve a sense of power, allowing the person to face reality in constructive ways and make significant and meaningful gestures surrounding the idea of the loss.
Chapter 10 : Lesson 1. What are mental disorders?
Mental disorder is a illness of the mind that can affect the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person, preventing him or her from leading a normal life.
Anxiety disorder is an illness in which real, imagined, or persistent fears prevent a person from enjoying life.
Somatoform disorder describes an illness in which a person complains of disease symptoms, but no physical cause can be found.
Hypochondria is a preoccupation with the body and fear of presumed diseases that are not present.
Affective disorder is when a psychological illnesses or conditions that relates to emotions and involves mood swings or mood extremes that interfere with everyday living.
Bipolar disorder is when a psychological illness characterized by extreme mood swings between depression and extreme happiness.
Personality disorders is a variety of psychological illnesses or conditions that affect a persons ability to get along with others.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness disorder meaning “split the mind”.
Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialized in diagnosing and treating mental disorders and can prescribe medications.
Neurologist is a physician who specialized in organic disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Clinical physiologist is a physiologist who diagnoses and treats emotional and behavioral disorders but cant prescribe medication.
Psychiatric social worker is one who has concentrated on psychiatric case work, doing field work in a mental hospital, mental health clinic, or family service agency that provides guideless and treatment for clients with emotional problems.